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Rider Strong guest on Pop My Culture

Cole, Vanessa and the charming Rider Strong (“Boy Meets World,” “Cabin Fever”) talk Disneyland secrets, Breaking Bad, the Glee 3D fiasco, the late Kate Plus 8, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Les Miserables, role-playing, Pepper Dennis, Attack the Block, There Will Be Blood Reboots, Fraggle Bits, Steven Segal, The Dungeon Master, gore vs. atmosphere, and the iconic Cabin Fever “Pancakes” scene.

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  • Comment by Brian Johanson — August 18, 2011 @ 12:28 am

    the first time i saw labyrinth, i was about five years old, and when it got to the part with the puppets who take their heads off, i left the room crying. i was not able to watch the movie until I was 22 and on mushrooms. It was better the second time, & now my 5 year old son loves it.

  • Comment by Mattamatics — August 18, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    When I was 10 or 11, I was at a sleepover watching a Tales from the Crypt episode where a boy moves in with his uncle (who owns a funeral home, obviously), who then pushes him down the stairs and then stuffs him in a coffin. I was so terrified… not only did I have to leave the sleepover, but I made my parents move my bedroom to the first floor of the house so that I didn’t have to worry about being pushed down the stairs at night.

  • Comment by Erin — August 18, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    “Alice Through the Looking Glass” was the scariest thing I have ever seen. There is a scene where a giant, black, jabberwocky come through the mirror and it is absolutely horrifying. Definitely NOT the animated Disney version!

  • Comment by NL — August 18, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    When I was really little, I saw, like, Freddy Kreuger and it was fine. In my teens, I didn’t really watch scary movies. In my early 20s, I saw the Dawn of the Dead remake — soooo scary. I was in the theater on a date, so I didn’t leave, but I did a lot of watching through my fingers or closing my eyes. I had nightmares for a long time.

  • Comment by Ryan — August 18, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    Rider was right. On Roseanne, the son, DJ, was changed after the first episode. Johnny Galecki played 2 different boyfriends for Darlene, something fans seem to forget. In his first appearance, he was Kevin, and every appearance after that, he was Mark’s brother, David. They also went from Becky #1, to Becky #2, back to Becky #1, and then back to Becky #2, haha! And as far as the school years go on Boy Meets World… Season 1 was 6th grade, Season 2 started in 7th grade, but there’s a mention of them in 8th grade near the end of the season, 3rd season was 9th grade, 4th was 11th, 5th was 12th, and 6 and 7 were their first two years of college. Sorry for rambling on, I’m a ’90s kid, haha!

  • Comment by Mark — August 18, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    I was attending a birthday/sleepover party in the 3rd grade and the absentee parents allowed us to watch the movie Creepshow. The scene with cockroaches didn’t make me run away, but I do remember hiding in my sleeping bag.

  • Comment by corinne — August 18, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

    I don’t remember ever turning off a scary movie, but I do remember that the night after I saw the 3rd Poltergeist movie (the one where they come out of reflections) I stayed in a room where no matter where you were, you could see yourself in at least one mirror at all times. Rough night.

  • Comment by Brett D. — August 18, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    I must of been 7 or 8 and on HBO, or some movie channel, was Stephen King’s Silver Bullet. Gary Busey scared the crap out of me! Wait, I meant the werewolf. I cried and had to leave when the scene with the fog was and the werewolf were creeping under it snatching people. That bothered me for months.

  • Comment by Brett D. — August 18, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    *FIXED I must of been 7 or 8 and on HBO, or some movie channel, was Stephen King’s Silver Bullet. Gary Busey scared the crap out of me! Wait, I meant the werewolf. I cried and had to leave when the scene with the fog and the werewolf was creeping under it snatching people. That bothered me for months.

  • Comment by Ryan — August 18, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

    What a great First…although I fear scribing on this recollection will conjure up suppressed terror and paranoia that I have been harboring for the better part of the last 20 years. I was about 9 or 10 when “IT” happened. The television adaptation of Stephen King’s novel…you guessed….IT. First off Tim Curry as a horrific killer clown! Oh wait, he morphs himself into your worst fears and terrorizes you in both your youth and adult years. For a kid who was afraid of everything (me) you can see how it would be difficult to make it through the entire run time of this horrendously terrifying film and honestly don’t think I could handle it today. The fact I’m now compelled to find a sling shot and silver earrings is proof this.

  • Comment by Bri Lee — August 18, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    When I was 7 years old, I watched Jeepers Creepers for the first time and it has haunted me ever since. When I started watching, I had a bad feeling that some real crazy shit was gonna go down, and then I saw some bodies in an abandoned church and I was gone. I tried to play it cool and ride it out, but I couldn’t do it. And even though it took me about 2 years after that to finally watch the entire film, I’m still a little messed up and will probably never take a road trip with my brother.

  • Comment by Caroline — August 19, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    The 6th Sense. I got scared and went upstairs to put on pajamas and get ready for bed (I was in elementary school) and I couldn’t even get up the stairs because it was too dark. I fell asleep in the front room trying to cover my ears so I couldn’t hear it, in my school clothes, without a planet or a pillow. DAMN YOU M. NIGHT!

  • Comment by Chris — August 19, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    My parents thought it would be a good idea to get me a ‘My Buddy’ doll when i was 6. Unfortunately that was right before ‘Childs Play’ came out. I was at a sleep over and all the kids wanted to watch it, i had to go in the other room and get my friends mom to call my mom to come pick me up. I thought that doll was going to kill me and forced my parents to burn it. Thank god i hadn’t seen the end of the movie where they burn Chucky and it doesn’t kill him.

  • Comment by Denice — August 21, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    I think Vanessa’s first is a movie called “The Bermuda Depths” It was a Rankin Bass movie of the 70’s with a giant sea turtle who was helped by a ghost girl named Jenny Hanover. (I just discovered the name after much searching).
    As for my first It would have to be The original “Amityville Horror”. The scene where the mom (margot kidder) goes to shut the window and sees those glowing red eyes gave me nightmares for weeks!

  • Comment by Jonathan Bautista — August 22, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    Its not a movie….. but that one episode of are you afraid of the dark with the clown in the fun house!

  • Comment by Pat B — September 13, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    I think the movie Vanessa was talking about with the two kids who fall in love on the beach (creepy movie with the dead girl) was 1978’s craptacular made-for-tv movie “The Bermuda Depths”

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